Columbia, SC (April 1, 2015) – The Honorable Governor Nikki Haley proclaimed April as Zero Tolerance for Litter month during a press conference at the State House today. Surrounded by law enforcement officers from around the state, Governor Haley and fellow speakers Public Information Officer for Richland County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Curtis Wilson, Keep the Midlands Beautiful Executive Director Jacq Buck and Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Agency Director Jamie Nelson addressed the important issues of litter control in South Carolina.
“Everyone coming together today should send a strong message that we love our state, and that it is a great day in South Carolina because we appreciate all that we have,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “But so much of what it means to love our state is to take care of what we have been blessed with. What you are seeing here is that we are going to make this month one that we are all very focused on litter, but it can’t be just one month out of the year. This has to be something that all South Carolinians are focused on throughout the year.”
Zero Tolerance for Litter is a joint initiative of the South Carolina Litter Control Association, statewide law enforcement agencies and PalmettoPride to heighten awareness of the litter laws in South Carolina. This public awareness event unites law enforcement officers from municipalities to state agencies in a two-part mission: to enforce the state litter laws and to educate the public on the effects of litter.
Jamie Nelson, Director of Spartanburg Environmental Enforcement Agency and President of the SC Litter Control Association, kicked off the press conference with an overview of Zero Tolerance for Litter Campaign.
Lt. Wilson focused on the positive impact law enforcement officers can have in stopping litter.
Jacq Buck focused on the volunteer efforts in preventing litter. Keep the Midlands Beautiful coordinates litter pickup efforts for Richland and Lexington Counties and has had a long-standing relationship with law enforcement agencies throughout the Midlands area.
Law enforcement agencies will plan their own local Zero Tolerance activities. Activities can range from targeting illegal dumping to helping community groups with cleanups.
“We are seeing an upward trend of law enforcement agencies working hand-in-hand with communities on cleanups and other awareness activities,” said Jamie Nelson. Studies show that enforcement is an essential component to stop litterers from littering.
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